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about-steam-in-actionSteam in Action was started some years ago in order to draw attention to the many difficulties steam preservation and steam tourism organisations have to deal with in South Africa. Our intervention resulted in a large number of locomotives being saved from the scrap heap. It has certainly been a much greater success than initially expected and it shows there are many people out there who are dedicated to ensuring that South Arica's magnificent rail and steam heritage survives into the future. Resulting from our strenuous efforts we were requested by the Heritage Rail Association of South Africa, the statutory umbrella body for the industry, to give them an opportunity to try and achieve results through negotiations with the authorities.  We agreed to this but more than two years later we are singularly unimpressed with the lack of results.  We have therefore decided to raise...

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The Loop - Friends of the Choo-Tjoe Newsletter

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The Loop - Friends of the Choo-Tjoe Newsletter

The Loop - Friends of the Choo-Tjoe Newsletter   Click here to view the newsletter - PDF

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Transnet Loco Disposals First Auction 16th February

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Transnet Loco Disposals First Auction 16th February

After much hype over this first disposal of steam locomotives by Transnet only 10 out of 38 locos offered were sold. While we have no information on the buyers many of the locos sold indicate a strong reaction by the preservation community rather than scrap merchants. It also may be that the reserve prices put the scrap dealers off for being too high for profitable business. The locomotives sold were: 15F 3042 at Germiston 24 3614 at Voorbaai 24 3693 at Voorbaai 15F 3153 at Epping (enthusiasts will remember 3153 as the Millsite prestige loco...

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Sandstone Restoration News

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Sandstone Restoration News

The beginning of 2016 has seen substantial progress on NGG11 No. 52 with the front engine unit completed. Work will now continue on the rear units. The regulator valve is also receiving much attention with all the rods, shackles and glands being readied for repair and new parts fabricated where necessary. The 1915 built Baldwin class NG10 No. 61 is also receiving attention. It was originally believed that a new boiler would be required but Lukas Nel and his team have now lifted the boiler from the frames for a more...

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Steamnet 2000 NPC Press Release

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Steamnet 2000 NPC Press Release

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South Africa’s last operable industrial steam loco saved for preservation

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South Africa’s last operable industrial steam loco saved for preservation

The North British Locomotive Preservation Group has successfully obtained 19D Saiccor No. 3 for preservation after making initial contact as long ago as 1990. Subject to its condition the loco may be made available to a local preservation group before being exported to its birthplace in Darlington, UK. You can read the full report below. NBL Preservation Group Press Release 3rd February 2016 British ‘Dolly’ to Return to the UK The NBL Preservation Group are delighted to announce that we have acquired the last working South African Railways 19D Class 4-8-2 at the...

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Transnet Disposal of Steam Locomotives

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The online auction of the first tranche of steam locomotives to be offered for disposal has been posted on the Go Dove online auction site - please have a look at the following link: http://international.go-dove.com/en/event-19448?utm_source=Eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=19448&ContactSeq=232542687&CampaignSeq=41676.   You will see that the lot catalogue is not yet available but I have attached the original listing from Transnet (with comments on each loco) prior to the auction being posted. Interested parties should keep in touch with the site for when the lot catalogue is available.   QUEENSTOWN LOCOMOTIVE DEPOT ASSET NUMBER CLASS LOCOMOTIVE NUMBER ESTIMATED WEIGHT OF LOCOMOTIVE KG TENDER NUMBER ESTIMATED WEIGHT...

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Reefsteamers Depot Report 109

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Reefsteamers Depot Report 109

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Transnet Locomotive Moves

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Transnet Locomotive Moves

News from John Middleton is that the following locomotives are in the process of being moved from Millsite to Bloemfontein. Our photographs from Lukas Nel show 1E E1, 4AR 1555 and 14R 1759 at Bloemfontein on the 30th January. 1 1247 3R 1474 4AR 1555 5B 723 5R 781 12A 2111 15A 1791 GE 2260 S1 375 1E E1 ES E511 Plus 14R 1759 moved in error by the haulage contractor! Not previously mentioned is that the 1964 built Plasser tamper (the first built in South Africa) has also...

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